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The KEY Anthology Saxophone Collection

The official announcement post of my new album! Check it out!

Japesland Sheets

My secret project is not so secret anymore!

I have been hard at work, scrounging for MIDIs, sampling and editing them meticulously, transcribing, recording, editing (that’s audio, images, and even a little bit of video), and just about anything else you can think of to put together the project shown in the below video. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Coming January 1, 2015, you will be able to listen to and download a full MP3 version of The KEY Anthology Saxophone Collection by yours truly here on my YouTube channel and my blogs, Japesland.Wordpress.com and JapeslandSheets.Wordpress.com.

The album includes 17 tracks encoded as MP3s at 192kbps spanning 6 of Key’s most famous visual novels (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Planetarian, Little Busters!, and Rewrite). It will also include sheet music and album art, along with some other potential goodies (still working this out!).

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Anime Today: Shirobako and the Judeo-Christian Work Ethic

Anime Today: Shirobako and the Judeo-Christian Work Ethic

My most recent article on Beneath the Tangles

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I’ve had an unsteady relationship with Shirobako this season. On one hand, the series provides great insight into the animation process (with a few asterisks, to be sure). It’s also produced quite well, as is normal with most of PA Works’ productions. However, it’s also a bit difficult to follow. Shirobako includes what appears to be a main protagonist, but it jumps around to so many different characters that it is rather difficult to definitively dive into the consciousness of one and truly relate.

Yet despite this, one major theme of the series remains constant: working can be both difficult and rewarding.

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You might be familiar with the Japanese expectation of work. Whether that is the high educational standards through compulsory education, or salarymen literally working themselves to death, work in Japan is no joke. Shirobako reflects this, and if you’ve been watching and and have been surprised by…

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Help Orphans. Win Anime.

Help Orphans. Win Anime.

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A week and a half ago, we started a charitable campaign drive to raise funds for orphans, children with disabilities, and women in vulnerable situations.  I’m happy to update that with about two weeks to go, we’re over 75% of the way to our goal of $600!  Thank you to those of you who have donated and to the many who have helped spread the word about our campaign.

But we still need more help.  If you haven’t already donated, please consider giving.  This holiday season, through the Samaritan’s Purse organization, your money can help so many who are less fortunate.  And in doing so, you also have an opportunity win DVDs!

For every $10 donated, you get one entry into our raffle, which is full of great anime collections and items (generously given to us by Sentai Filmworks and NIS America):

  • Pack 1 – HOTD Pack: High School of…

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